Mabee Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to New Dining Hall Project

Camp Siloam is excited to announce that on January 17, 2017, its project for a new Dining Hall, was awarded a $250,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

“We were so excited to be awarded this challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. They have been working with us for three years; answering our questions and encouraging us to meet our campaign goal,” said Jason Wilkie, Executive Director of Camp Siloam.

With the award, a total of $2,343,942.00 has been raised of the overall campaign goal of $3.4 million.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to receive the grant from the Mabee Foundation” said Bobby Clark, President of the Camp Siloam Board of Trustees. “This is another piece of God’s plan as we move toward our goal of building this beautiful facility for ministry to the youth of our state and region, as well as our long-term plan to offer more ministry to our adults. It is so exciting to experience each step of God’s amazing provision.”

To complete the Feed My Sheep Campaign, Camp Siloam will have one year to raise the remaining balance of $1.1 million. The Mabee Foundation’s objective is to inspire giving in the final stages of a campaign. The grant will become available when Camp Siloam completes the campaign and starts construction.  If Camp Siloam is unable to raise the remaining amount during the one year time frame, the Mabee Foundation will retract their $250,000 grant award.

“We are so close to our goal.  I know God can do it,” said Wilkie.  “We have seen God work in amazing ways. I trust he has a plan and I can’t wait to see it unfold. I am willing to press hard to finish out the campaign this year, but I’m going to need help.”

Camp Siloam launched the Feed My Sheep Campaign in November 2015. Fifty five churches from across the state of Arkansas participated in an envelope campaign to raise funds for the new dining hall, as well as give one time gifts. The 55 churches who have graciously donated have given a total of $136,287.78

Over 800 families have made generous gifts and pledges. These families laid the foundation for a gift that transformed the campaign. This past October, Charles and Genevieve Bonner, from Pine Bluff, Ark. made a one million dollar donation, which allowed Camp Siloam to apply for the Mabee Foundation Grant.

“I am so grateful for everyone who has given to to the Feed My Sheep campaign.  Through the generosity of God’s people we will be able to ensure this amazing camp will continue as we build the cornerstone for the next 100 years of ministry,” said Wilkie.

The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee. The purposes of the Foundation is to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.

To make a donation to the Feed My Sheep Campaign and make an eternal, global impact by contributing to the construction of the new dining hall, click here!


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